HKNZBA members had the opportunity to attend a breakfast seminar with Mr Raymond Tam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs of HKSAR Government.
Mr Tam is the minister who oversees the implementation of the Basic Law, a constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and matters relating to elections, human rights and access to information. He is also responsible for promotion of closer ties and cooperation with the Mainland of China, including liaison between the HKSAR Government and the relevant Mainland authorities, regional cooperation initiatives between Hong Kong and the Mainland, and operation of the HKSAR Government’s offices on the Mainland.
Mr Tam shared insights on how Hong Kong can play a role in China’s economic and social development under the 13th Five-Year Plan and the Belt and Road Initiative. Attendees also had an opportunity to ask Mr Tam questions and to speak to him personally after the event.
HKNZBA would like to thank HKETO for their sponsorship.
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The Annual Gala Dinner was held at the Wintergarden of the exclusive Northern Club in Auckland. There were approximately 130 attendees, who also had networking opportunities over a four-course meal. Minister of Parliament Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga was invited to be the keynote presenter at the Annual Gala Dinner. He is the Minister of Local Government, Minister for Ethnic Communities, Minister for Pacific Peoples, and Associate Minister of Health. The Minister spoke about the importance of New Zealand’s business ties with Hong Kong and Greater China, and the wealth of cultural and business benefits provided by the strong, and growing relationship.
We also conducted a Silent Auction at the Annual Gala Dinner, in which all proceeds were donated to the Neonatal Trust, a charity that works to provide, and coordinate, support to families of neonatal (premature or sick full-term) babies. With the help of our sponsors Cathay Pacific and the Langham Auckland (who donated a return flight to Hong Kong and a stay at the hotel respectively) as well as other parties, this year we raised approximately NZD 3,000 for the Trust.
We would like to thank our sponsors for making this evening possible: Cathay Pacific Airways, The Langham Auckland, HSBC, InvestHK and HKETO.
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Photo Credit: Hillie Chan
For the Hong Kong Festival this year we conducted a Business Seminar in Auckland and Wellington with Mr Peter Nixon, an internationally renowned speaker and business advisor, who has spent over 25 years in Hong Kong. Mr Nixon was invited to New Zealand by HKNZBA and he delivered presentations in both Auckland and Wellington. The attendees were educated, entertained and informed aboutg the future of Hong Kong, its relevance to China and the Pearl River Delta, the Hong Kong business psyche and the risks and opportunities of doing business in Mainland China.
Ms Bonnie Shek, Director, Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) also travelled from Sydney to speak at our Auckland event. She highlighted the advantages of trading in Hong Kong, and using Hong Kong as a platform to conduct business with China and the wider Asia region. Ms Shek also outlined the services that HKTDC offers to HKNZBA members.
We would like to thank our sponsors, as well as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (Auckland), and Chapman Tripp (Wellington) for offering their venues.
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Registrations for the Hong Kong Forum are now open! The Forum is an annual flagship event which attracts Hong Kong Business Association members from around the world. It is a great opportunity to meet up with not only business contacts but government officials, to keep up to date on the China strategy and offers opportunities to learn more about doing and maintaining businesses in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Please visit http://www.hkfederation.org.hk/forum/forum2016/ for more details and to register.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR PAID MEMBERS: This year HKNZBA will be covering your registration fee for the Forum if you are a fully-paid member of the Association. HKNZBA will reimburse you after attendance of the Forum and upon presentation of the invoice. Please contact us for more details.
HKNZBA cordially invites you to the Hong Kong Festival 2016. Please find the details of the events below.
Please RSVP via our contact form here.
AUCKLAND / WELLINGTON – Business Seminar
For the 2016 Hong Kong Festival business seminar, HKNZBA are proud to bring to you from Hong Kong Mr Peter Nixon. Peter is an internationally renowned speaker whose workshops are popular for their pace, practicality, humour and engagement. They are often rated the best workshops people have ever attended.
Peter’s mantra is The Solution is in the Dialogue©, and he is a showcase speaker for leading universities and management institutes around the world. He has appeared on TEDx, CNBC, Discovery Channel, TV5, TVB and Media Corp.
Peter has spent more than 25 years in Hong Kong. In this Seminar he will share his views on Hong Kong’s future, its relevance to China and the Pearl River Delta, the Hong Kong business psyche and the risks and opportunities of Mainland China.
Ms Bonnie Shek*, the Director, Australia & New Zealand, of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will also be speaking. The HKTDC’s mission is to create opportunities for companies, focusing on delivering value by promoting trade in goods and services, while connecting the world’s small and medium-sized enterprises through Hong Kong’s business platform.
Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to meet Peter and Bonnie and network with other attendees over drinks and a delicious canapé menu that has been specifically designed for the event.
Spaces are limited – we look forward to seeing you there.
|DATE: Thursday 18 August 6pm
VENUE: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Level 6 (Boardroom 3), 139 Quay Street, Auckland Central
DRESS: Business Attire
|DATE: Monday 22 August 6pm
VENUE: Chapman Tripp, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
DRESS: Business Attire
*Ms Bonnie Shek will only be present at the Auckland seminar.
AUCKLAND – Grand Annual Gala Dinner
To conclude the celebration of the 2016 Hong Kong Festival, please join us for an evening of fine food and entertainment at The Northern Club. There will be a three-course meal, great entertainment and ample opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and business people.
|DATE: Thursday 25 August 7pm
VENUE: Wintergarden at The Northern Club, 19 Princes St, Auckland Central
DRESS: Black Tie
Non-Members: $125Table of 10: $900
We sincerely hope you will be able to join us at our Festival. Kindly RSVP to me by email or 09 307 1216 by Monday 8 August for all events. Please let me know if you have any dietary requirements, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
HKNZBA is working on a few incredible events for our Hong Kong Festival in August. More details will soon be released (including for Wellington), but please mark the dates on your calendar – we would love for you to join us!
In May, HKNZBA hosted a Property Seminar with Bayleys Real Estate Ltd in Auckland and Wellington.
Mr John Chow, the Director of Chow Group, presented his “rags to riches” story of how he was able to go from nought to $200 million property portfolio in 25 years. He is the only Chinese person on the New Zealand rich list.
Mr Ian Little, Senior Manager of Research at Bayleys, also presented a property market overview. Bayleys’ Research Division tracks trends impacting all property sectors across New Zealand and publishes reports on its findings as well as presenting them to franchise partners, industry groups, building owners and tenants. Ian’s wealth of experience and expertise is often sought by a wide range of media outlets.
HKNZBA would like to thank Bayleys Real Estate Ltd for sponsoring the events.
HKNZBA co-hosted a Head of Mission breakfast with the Japanese New Zealand Business Council and the Korean New Zealand Business Council.
Gabrielle Rush, the New Zealand Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macao, gave an interesting overview of the current economic situation in Hong Kong.
She emphasised the value of Hong Kong in its own right, as New Zealand’s 11th largest trading partner. It is a global financial centre and regional hub and this is very unlikely to change in the near future, even with the rise of Shanghai.
Although the economy in Hong Kong has slowed down, especially in retail in tourism, Gabrielle asserted that it would be a long time before the political situation with China affects the Hong Kong economy. The Hong Kong Government is working hard to maintain good relations with China, and to ensure that good economic conditions remain. Although the downturn is affecting some parts of the retail sector, it is not affecting the entire market, and Gabrielle is confident that this decline is only temporary.
Gabrielle identified opportunities in technological start ups, natural cosmetic products and horses.
She is looking forward the Hong Kong Sevens, not only for the rugby, but for the opportunities to showcase New Zealand for its products and as a destination, as it is the biggest week of corporate hospitality in the year.
We would like to thank MFAT for making this event possible, BNZ for hosting, and to all the speakers at the event.
EPICNZ is returning 27 May 2016, with a key focus on Innovation, Diversity and Building Connections.
EPICNZ (Ethnic People in Commerce New Zealand) is an annual conference facilitated by the Office of Ethnic Communities to bring together New Zealand’s business people, ranging from those at the outset of their business careers to experienced leaders.
The 2016 Conference provides a forum for attendees to:
- build connections and network with other ethnic and local and international business communities (including Maori, Pacific and Ethnic businesses)
- engage with ideas about emerging issues, trends and opportunities
- hear from successful business people
- discover opportunities for business expansion and collaboration
- explore potential markets and trading opportunities.
We seek to ensure that the annual conference is made up of a diverse range of participants who can network and learn from one another. Every year our audience is made up of a range of business leaders and representatives, including small business owners, SME’s (Small Medium Enterprises), commercial enterprises, academic institutions and relevant government agencies.
EPICNZ is not only an opportunity for ethnic business leaders to network with one another, but a platform to build connections between the ethnic business community and mainstream, Māori and Pacific businesses.
We hope you will take this opportunity to join us at this complimentary event.
For more information please visit: http://conference.epicnz.co.nz/